CHRISTMAS DAY – SECRET BREAKFAST SHORTCUT

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As we celebrate the holidays with our family and friends, we often think about dinner and we forget about breakfast, especially on Christmas Day.  I want to share with you one of my secret shortcuts to a comforting breakfast that is crowd pleaser with everyone, young and old – Macadamian Nut French Toast.  It’s simple, effortless, and healthy but more importantly it keeps you out of the kitchen so you can have more time with your family.

Have a beautiful and wonderful Christmas!!!

Macadamian Nut French Toast (serves 8)

1 loaf of  multigrain baguette, cut into 1-inch slices

4 eggs

2/3 cup fresh squeeze orange juice

1/3 cup milk

1/4 cup organic cane sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon morrocan cinnamon

1/2 cup organic butter, melted

1/2 cup chopped macadamia nuts

1/2 cup of sliced strawberries

1/4 cup of blueberries

1/4 cup of sliced bananas

Confectioners’ sugar and maple syrup, optional

Directions

Arrange bread slices in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. In a bowl, whisk the eggs, orange juice, milk, sugar, vanilla and nutmeg until blended; pour over bread. Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.

Pour butter into a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Transfer bread slices to prepared pan; sprinkle with nuts. Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 20-25 minutes or until bread is golden brown. Dust with confectioners’ sugar and serve with syrup.   Serve with sides of strawberries, blueberries, and bananas.

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